Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hawaii Renamed the Honolulu and Kona Airports in 2017

Hawaii renamed two of its largest international airports after local heros in 2017:

The Kona International Airport at Keahole on the west side of Hawaii Island was renamed the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport on January 1, 2017.  The airport was renamed to honor astronaut Ellison Onizuka who was born on Hawaii Island on June 24, 1946 and died in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986.

The Honolulu International Airport on Oahu Island was renamed the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on May 30, 2017.  The airport was renamed to honor military hero and United States senator Daniel K. Inouye who was born in Honolulu on September 7, 1924 and died on December 17, 2012.



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